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Happy Halloween

Octubre 29, 2015

Halloween Eide

Halloween or Hallowe’en, also known as Samhain, Summer’s End, All Hallow’s Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, and Snap-Apple... Discover what Halloween is, its origins, vocabulary and phrases for this evening.

It is celebrated on October 31st. When the Celts lived in Ireland, Britain and France over 2,000 years ago, they had a pagan agricultural festival on this day. They believed that the dead came back, so they used to light large bonfires to ward off evil spirits. Irish, Scots and other immigrants brought this tradition to North America in the 19th century.

The word "Halloween" is a shortened form of "All Hallows' Eve", meaning the evening before "All Hallows' Day" or "All Saints' Day", which is November 1st.

In the past, poor people went around asking for food in exchange of a prayer for the dead. Nowadays, this tradition has changed. In Ireland and the United States, children dress up and go door-to-door collecting candy. This is called "trick or treat", meaning that if they don't receive candy they will make a trick or cast a spell.

The carved pumpkin has become the symbol of Halloween. It's called "Jack-o-lantern", from an Irish legend about a man called Jack. He was a lazy farmer, who tricked the devil and refused to free him unless he agreed to never let Jack go into hell. So, Jack started to wander the Earth looking for a resting place, carrying a carved turnip with a candle inside.

Vocabulary:

bat

murciélago

black cat

gato negro

candy

caramelos

costume

disfraz

devil

diablo

ghost

fantasma

haunted house

casa embrujada

magic

magia

monster

monstruo

mummy

momia

pumpkin

calabaza

skeleton

esqueleto

spell

hechizo

spider

Araña

vampire

vampiro

witch

bruja

wizard

brujo, mago

Expressions:

  • Let’s go trick or treating. --- Vamos a hacer truco o trato.
  • What are you dressing up as? --- ¿De qué vas a ir disfrazado?
  • That’s a scary costume. --- Ese disfraz da miedo.
  • Let’s carve the pumpkin. --- Vamos a esculpir la calabaza.
  • We are going to a costume party.  --- Vamos a una fiesta de disfraces.
  • That horror film is terrifying. --- Esa película de miedo es aterradora.
  • Last night I thought I was seeing a ghost and I was paralized by fear. --- Anoche pensé que estaba viendo un fantasma y me quedé paralizado por el miedo.
  • It gives me goosebumps. --- Me da escalofríos.
  • The witch cast a spell on my brother, she turned him into a frog. --- La bruja hechizó a mi hermano, lo convirtió en rana.

 

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